Attention Mac Lovers of New England

Mar 23, 2003

Mac lovers in New England rejoice! Recently, when I was down in Boston, I passed by the construction site of the new BCEC – the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Here is a picture I took of it:

This new convention center has enabled Boston to draw the MacWorld Expo back in 2004, after losing it to NY in 1998. I might have to check it out. Even though I am a PC user, I have often said if I was really loaded I would get a Mac.

Snow Conditions

Mar 19, 2003

I went snowboarding at Okemo in VT again today and while there was some great riding done, it was pretty warm and there were some major mashed potato conditions. It got me wondering about definitions of snow conditions that you see on TV and I found a handy lisiting which I am posting here so I can refer back to it in the future. Today’s conditions were- Primary Surface: Loose Granular; Secondary Surface: Spring Conditions.

Powder (P) – Cold, new, loose, fluffy, dry snow that has not been compacted. This is usually the product of fresh, natural snowfall.

Packed Powder (PP) – Powder snow, either natural or machine made, that has been packed down by skier/rider traffic or grooming machines.

Hard Pack (HP) – When natural or machine made snow becomes very firmly packed. You can plant a pole in hard pack snow, but it takes more effort than packed powder.

Loose Granular (LG) – This surface results after powder or packed powder thaws, then refreezes and re-crystalizes, or from an accumulation of sleet. This is also created by machine grooming frozen or icy snow.

Frozen Granular (FG) – This is often a misunderstood surface condtion. Frozen granular is a hard surface of old snow formed by granules freezing together after a rain or warm temperatures. Frozen Granular will support a ski pole stuck into the surface. In contrast, ice will not support the pole. Frozen granular often does return to Loose Granular after proper machine grooming.

Wet Packed Snow (WPS) – Natural or machine made snow that has been previously packed and becomes wet usually because of rainfall.

Wet Granular (WG) – Loose or frozen granular snow which has become wet from warm temperatures, rain or humidity. This is typically an easy to ski surface.

Wet Snow (WS) – Powder snow which has become moist and heavy due to a thaw or rainfall, or snow which was moist as it fell.

Windblown Snow (WBLN) – A windy day can blow the surface snow, either powder or granular, into drifts in some places, leaving a firmly packed base snow.

Variable Conditions (VC) – When no primary surface (70% or more) can be determined, this surface describes a range of surfaces that can be encountered.

Spring Conditions (SC) – This term is only used after March 1. This is the spring version of variable conditions. Like variable conditions, this term is used when when no primary surface (70% or more) can be determined, this surface describes a range of surfaces that can be encountered. It is not uncommon for other evidence of spring to be present such as thin and bare spots and discoloration.

Corn (Corn) – Ususally found in the spring. This surface is characterized by large, loose granules during the day which freeze together at night, and then loosen again during the day.

Icy (Icy) – Not to be confused with frozen granular, ice is a hard, glazed surface created either by freezing rain, ground water seeping up into the snow and freezing, or by the rapid freezing of snow saturated with water from rain or melting. Ice will not support a ski pole. It is important to note that frozen granular is opaque whereas ice is translucent.

The Curse Of The Bambino

Mar 16, 2003

I was in Boston the other day and my eyes did a double take as I looked at one of the signs on Storrow Drive.

Boston Reverse the Curse sign

I’d say Red Sox fans are little fixated with the Yankees when they change their highway signs from Reverse Curve to Reverse the Curse. I guess I can understand how they got that way. The Yankees have won 26 World Series in the time since the Red Sox won their last one back in 1918. I don’t think they’re going to reverse the “Curse of the Bambino” though by having more of their players go to the Yankees (Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs). Pedro and Nomar will probably come to their senses soon too. Sorry, I’m a Yankees fan. Well maybe this is the Sox year.

Ode To The Rockies

Mar 14, 2003

Just booked a trip to hike in the Colorado Rockies for the first time in July and I’ve been listening to this song all day….

He was born in the summer of his twenty seventh year
Coming home to a place he’d never been before.
He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born again
You might say he found a key for ev’ry door.

When he first came to the mountains his life was far away
On the road and hangin’ by a song.
But the strings already broken and he doesn’t really care
It keeps changin’ fast and it don’t last for long.

But the Colorado Rocky Mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
The shadow from the starlight
Is softer than a lullaby

Rocky Mountain high, Rocky Mountain high

He climbed Cathedral Mountains he saw silver clouds below
He saw ev’rything as far as you can see.
And they say that he got crazy once and he tried to touch the sun
And he lost a friend but he kept his memory.

Now he walks in quiet solitude the forest and the streams
Seeking grace in ev’ry step he takes.
His sight has turned in side himself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake.

And the Colorado Rocky Mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
Talk to God and listen to the casual reply

Rocky Mountain high, Rocky Mountain high

Now his life is full of wonder but his heart still knows some fear
Of a simple thing he cannot comprehend.
Why they try to tear the mountains down to bring in a couple more
More people more scars up on the land.

And the Colorado Mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
I know he’d be a poorer man
If he never saw an eagle fly.

Rocky Mountain high, Rocky Mountain high

It’s a Colorado Mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
Friends around the campfire
And ev’rybody’s high

Rocky Mountain high, Rocky Mountain high

Cities Of The Future

Mar 1, 2003

Last March I was on a trip to Oregon and in honor of that trip I am posting an article from London’s Guardian newspaper. The Guardian named “5 cities of the future” based on cities that they felt were progressive and offering a glimpse of the future. Portland, OR is the one of them and the only one I have been too. I’ll have to work on getting to some of others. Here are the five cities:

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Portland, Oregon
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Manchester, England